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What's new with App-V 5.0 SP3?

What are some of the hardware and software requirements for App-V deployment? What are some of the changes in App-V 5.0 SP3?

Before installing App-V 5.0 SP3, it's important to review the hardware and software prerequisites needed for proper operation of the App-V server and other components. Although there is a lengthy list of software requirements to enable App-V 5.0, such as Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1, PowerShell 3.0 or later and many others, almost all prerequisite components are already installed with the required OS versions.

For example, the App-V management server function will require a 64-bit Windows OS, such as Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later, running on almost any server capable of running the OS well. Minimum hardware typically includes a 64-bit 1.4 GHz or faster processor, 1 GB of memory and 200 MB of storage. Essentially, every current enterprise-class server will provide ample computing resources to run App-V components. The App-V management server will also need a database like SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 or later. App-V publishing and reporting server functions have similar server requirements. App-V is compatible with Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 client operating systems on any endpoint computer capable of running the OS well.

The move to App-V 5.0 SP3 brings several changes to the App-V platform with numerous improvements to connection groups and management. For example, administrators can now package optional components to application packages -- administrators could package Office for everyone, but include certain plug-ins for different user groups. Options can also be unpackaged or deleted without having to recreate connection groups.

Users can publish packages too, but administrators can limit user publishing capabilities. Administrators can use PowerShell cmdlets like Publish-AppvClientPackage and Unpublish-AppvClientPackage, to publish or unpublish packages for specific users, allowing careful tailoring of application content for user needs. Several new PowerShell cmdlets are available to manage connection groups including Add-AppvServerConnectionGroupPackage, to append a package, Set-AppvServerConnectionGroupPackage, to edit package details, and Remove-AppvServerConnectionGroupPackage, to remove a package.

App-V also generates a variety of logs, which are now consolidated in one location accessible through the Event Viewer application. There are other changes in App-V 5.0 SP3, but these are the most noteworthy points.

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